Thursday, September 03, 2015

Advice For Job Seekers - From Small Business

Canadian Federation of Small Business Survey
Offers advice for job seekers from small business owners

A CFIB survey of small business owners asked for their best advice for job seekers. There were almost 4500 comments that filled 200 pages.

Some job seekers may not like some of these ideas or think that they are reasonable. Not all small business owners may share these views either. However, it is important information nonetheless if one is trying to understand the perspective of those on the other side of a desk in a job interview.
  •  Leave the PJs & flip flops at home. Come dressed appropriate to the nature of the work you are considering. Be clean and well-groomed. 
  • Prepare a short, simple resume. No need for flowery prose, but, above all, ensure there are zero spelling or grammatical errors. 
  • Don’t have mom talk for you in interviews. 
  • Consider jobs in smaller communities – often there are fewer people looking for work. 
  • Think long-term. Consider the experience you’re going to get, not just the immediate paycheque. 
  • Be honest about skills, but express eagerness to fill any gaps. 
  • Make sure you network – employers often prefer to get a referral from someone they know or trust. 
  • Research the company and industry in which you are applying to work. 
  • Try to stick with jobs for at least two years. Lots of short-term jobs raise questions. 
  • Don’t talk about money until all other issues are discussed. 
  • Be aware that employers use Facebook too. What you post may affect your chances. 
  • Don’t rely on the Internet alone for job applications. Seek out smaller, independent firms and bring in your resume personally. Employers won’t bite. 
  • Provide short, truthful explanations for any employment gaps or sudden departures but don’t slam your previous employers. 
  • Look for ways to demonstrate enthusiasm for the company or industry you are considering. Often, this counts for more than your experience or education. 
  • Everyone has scheduling constraints, but don’t lead with asking for every weekend or evening off. Small employers provide extra flexibility to those who show it in return.


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